Maryland Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Terrapins' 2013 Class
With the departure of Maryland's starting point guard, Pe'Shon Howard, and starting center, Alex Len, coach Mark Turgeon had glaring holes to fill with his 2013 recruiting class.
While the class may be just a tandem of high schoolers, it certainly filled those needs.
Turgeon is likely saving scholarships for his 2014 class, which appears to be more promising with local guard Romelo Trimble already locked up and top recruits Rashad Vaughn, Dion Wiley, Obi Enechionyia, Abdul Malik-Abu, Trayvon Reed, Phil Booth and Kaleb Joseph all considering the Terps as they move to the Big Ten.
Maryland is hoping for quality over quantity, as we introduce the Terps' 2013 incoming class.
Hometown: District Heights, Maryland
High School: Suitland
Position: Point Guard
Measurables: 6'4'', 180 pounds
Senior Year Stats: DNP (shoulder)
AAU Stats (DC Assault): 23.0 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.4 SPG
Strengths: Peters, who flew under the radar until he lit up the AAU circuit following his junior season, is rapidly improving. He is slowly learning how to play point guard, and once he does make the full transition, he has tremendous size and athleticism for the position.
Peters has a very solid handle for his size and can attack off the dribble with either a shot, pass or drive.
Weaknesses: Peters still has an iffy jump shot at times and needs to enhance that area of his game. He also struggles to defend quicker defenders, although his height will compensate for that flaw.
It will be intriguing to see how Peters bounces back from his injury when he rejoins the AAU DC Assault.
2014 Role: I don't see Seth Allen ever developing into a reliable point guard, meaning Peters has a realistic opportunity to start at the point from day one. He should receive major minutes from the get-go.
Hometown: Centreville, Maryland
High School: Queen Anne's County (High School), Massanutten Military Academy (Post-Graduate)
Measurables: 6'10'', 230 pounds
Senior Year Stats: 24.2 PPG, 15.7 RPG, 5.7 BPG
Prep School Stats: 14.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.0 BPG
Strengths: Dodd is a quintessential late bloomer. He faced inferior competition in high school, which resulted in inflated stats. But in prep school, he proved he can bang with the big boys of the ACC. He has supreme length and is an outstanding shot blocker.
He runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man and can really defend fellow post players.
Weaknesses: Dodd hasn't put together a complete offensive package just yet. He lacks effective post moves and can't create his own shots. He should be more of a defensive plug early on.
2014 Role: With Alex Len's departure to the NBA, Dodd could see significant minutes as a freshman. Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare will occupy the majority of the minutes at center, with Evan Smotrycz carrying the load at the 4, but Dodd will surely see time for defensive purposes.